Manchester United are reportedly “very confident ” in securing an £85m deal to bring Antoine Griezmann to Old Trafford next summer.
Journalist Pilib de Brun claims that Manchester United will land the Atletico Madrid striker next summer if they activate the £85.3m release clause fee in his contract – cash that manager Jose Mourinho is happy spend in order to bring last season’s Champions League runners-up to United.
Taking to his official Twitter account, de Brun stated that the club were extremely optimistic about securing the signing of the France international as a replacement for veteran forward Wayne Rooney, who could leave United if Griezmann arrives.
Speculation has mounted over Griezmann moving to the Premier League in recent weeks after the 25-year-old conducted a series of interviews where he spoke about his admiration for the 20-time English top flight champions.
The attacker revealed that he would one day like to play alongside French team mate Paul Pogba at club level, recalled how his brother had told him about the amazing atmosphere at Old Trafford and hinted that he would like to play in the Premier League some point during his career.
De Brun appeared to aid those quotes during a live stream on the Periscope app in a follow up to his original tweet, and said he believed that Griezmann would only be too happy to trade the bright lights of Madrid for Manchester when the summer transfer window opens next year.
In quotes transcribed by the Daily Star he added: “Contact was made with Griezmann a while ago actually.
“As you’ve probably noticed in the last month or two Griezmann did an interview where he said some encouraging things about the Premier League, about Paul Pogba and Manchester United.
“I also said a while ago that [Jose] Mourinho had said to [Wayne] Rooney if he wanted regular football be would have to leave to get it. That is still the case. It looks like Griezmann will be brought in as a replacement for Rooney.
“I do know what the situation with Giezmann is, he’s keen and United are confident they’ll get him.
“Will Champions League [football] be a factor if they don’t get it?” I don’t know, but I would imagine Griezmann has thought about that but its clear he might be quite happy to come regardless.
“Mourinho has clearly targeted him and United feel like that’s a deal they can make happen.”